Heritage of the Air Australia ICOMOS 2019 Conference Highlights: Modernism, Machines, Migration and Memories

(Feature Image above: Opening Reception. Image Credit: Neil Urwin)

Aviation is a fascinating subject that captures a broad range of interests: from heritage and history, technical innovations, establishment of communities across vast distances, influence on concepts of modernity and design, and its critical role in war, to its environmental and social impacts, and, especially now, the fragility and future of the industry. Such topics are explored by heritage professionals, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and other academics, as well as many devoted aviation enthusiasts. In 2019, between 14th-17th November at the Heritage of the Air conference this mixed group of delegates gathered together to explore these ideas through workshops, paper sessions, keynote speakers, tours and networking events. From outer space, air space, airports and airfields, to underwater aircraft wrecks and personal or family memories, the conference program was packed with diverse content. Special highlights included the opening reception performance by Company B, the arrival of the ‘flight crew’ to introduce the Plane Stories session, the distribution of a specially commissioned in-flight magaZINE ‘HOT AZ’ with complimentary sick bag, spectacular conference party with flash mob of swing dancers and DJ Sista Feminista, and final tours delivered by Canberra Modern and the Australian War Memorial Aviation Collection. Some of the impressions and insights of conference delegates were captured by our Heritage of the Air student intern team, ably led by University of Canberra Master of Arts student Sharpay Wu, who produced this fabulous short video:



The Heritage of the Air team are now reflecting on the rich insights that emerged from the conference to produce a range of publications based on papers presented at the conference as well as other research conducted over 2018 and 2019. Watch this space to see further updates on our blog and website!

See conference highlights on Twitter and Instagram below. If you attended the conference, share your highlights in the comments section!



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